disobliging

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj disobliging intentionally unaccommodating "the action was not offensive to him but proved somewhat disobliging"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disobliging Displeasing; offensive.
    • Disobliging Not obliging; not disposed to do a favor; unaccommodating; as, a disobliging person or act.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disobliging Not obliging; not disposed to please or to gratify the wishes of another; unaccommodating: as, a disobliging landlord.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Disobliging not obliging: not careful to attend to the wishes of others: unaccommodating: unkind
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desobliger, des (= L. dis), neg., obliger, to oblige.

Usage

In literature:

She was even obliged to prepare for bed, restless as she was, not to disoblige her new attendant.
"Maria" by Mary Wollstonecraft
I'm sorry to be disobliging.
"Beasts and Super-Beasts" by Saki
I have never wittingly disobliged you.
"Prince Otto a Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I hope, sir, I have done nothing to disoblige you.
"She Stoops to Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith
She really did not care much about marrying James Clow, but she could not bear to disoblige him.
"Anne's House of Dreams" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But the driver dares not disoblige his customers.
"Essays of Travel" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The man was sorry to have disobliged him, and would carry it back again.
"Barnaby Rudge" by Charles Dickens
Have you seen my wife lately, or disobliged her?
"The Double-Dealer" by William Congreve
D'Artagnan knew it was considered disobliging by an Englishman to refuse to pledge him.
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Nucingen and I are the best friends in the world; he would not disoblige me for a million.
"Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau" by Honore de Balzac
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In poetry:

Whenever he was asked to breast the bar
He’d answer, with a touch of condescension:
“I much regret to disoblige so far
As to decline your delicate attention.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake